Let's get the negatives out of the way: If you watch enough of these, you know the formula. Dead body, then another and possibly another, all in a small picturesque village. Who knew there were so many murderous people in such small out of the way places? But then every TV series has it's formula. It is what the viewing fans expect each week. It took me awhile to get used to the "new" Chief Inspector Barnaby, but he does fit the bill. He's the cousin of the retired CI Barnaby after all. Charlie will also grow on you, even if you miss DS Jones. Sikes is a big plus, and he provides great pathos and comic relief. If you have been a Midsomer fan for many many seasons, you will love the new version just as well as the old. Give it a few episodes.